Salary History

How To: Answering Salary History Questions The hardest questions for applicants are around salary history and expectations.   More often, this question is coming up early in the screening process.  At this point in the process, recruiters are checking that your expectations are within the range that they’re able to pay.  Give a number too high, and you disqualify yourself, … Read more…

Behavioral Interview Examples

Behavioral Interview Examples Behavioral interview questions are prevalent in large organizations.  Employers use them because there is a belief that past behaviors are strongly related to how people behave in the future.  So if you were able to drive results in your last job, chances are you’ll do the same in the new position. Today we’re looking at some of the … Read more…

What to Bring to an Interview

What to bring to an interview? Do you ever wonder what to bring to an interview?  It’s always pretty amazing to see what people show up with.  I’ve had ringing cellphones, family photo albums, and even other people. Most HR and hiring managers have seen some rather odd things.  Our interview coaching clients often ask us what to bring to their … Read more…

Write an Awesome Interview Thank You Note

Write an Awesome Interview Thank You Note A well-crafted interview thank you note could be the tie-breaker that sets you apart from your competition and helps you get the job. If you’re even remotely interested in the position, I strongly recommend sending a note. While it’s standard interview advice, most applicants still skip this step for some reason. Here are … Read more…

Building Rapport: Making Small Talk Work for You

Building Rapport: Making Small Talk Work for You Every interview starts with a casual conversation; maybe it is about the weather, sports, or even traffic.  The hiring manager wants to put you at ease and avoid any awkward silence before the interview officially starts. It’s pretty well-known that small talk is an essential factor in building rapport for a long … Read more…

Summer Internships

Summer Internships Hey, college students, welcome back to school!   Oh, and by the way, have you started thinking about your summer internships yet?  I know, it feels like you just got back and finally settled in.  You might not even be sure which classes you’re taking next quarter, let alone when you’re going to start applying for an internship. … Read more…

Traditional Interview Questions

The Seven Most Common Interview Questions How nice would it be to go into an interview already knowing all of the questions you were going to be asked?  Unfortunately, most employers won’t give you the interview questions in advance.  Today we’re going to break down seven of the most common interview questions that hiring managers ask. Now, here’s the deal, we … Read more…

What Takes so Long? Inside the Hiring Process

What Takes so Long? Inside the Hiring Process One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard throughout my career is that the hiring process takes way too long.  Applicants don’t get it, and nothing frustrates hiring managers more than this.  A lot of times, HR gets the blame for this too.  I’ve seen company goals of 60 to 90 calendar days … Read more…

Video Interview Tips

Video Interview Tips: How to Get the Job Imagine an interview where you record your responses into a camera with no one watching.  You’re given a question to respond to and a countdown to start talking.  You give your best response to your webcam and then hit stop.  You might see your face on the screen as you are recording or … Read more…

Illegal Interview Questions

Have you ever been asked questions at a job interview that didn’t seem relevant or made you uncomfortable? Illegal interview questions are not job-related and target information about a job applicant that can be discriminatory.  Generally speaking, HR teams do a lot of work to make sure that hiring managers don’t ask questions that are above boards, but these questions still get … Read more…